So many classic drinks rely on rum: the piña colada, dark 'n' stormy, mai tai and mojito, just to name a few. And rum doesn't discriminate based on season. Icy daquiris and crowd-pleasing rum punch are perfect for summertime get-togethers, while hot buttered rum can expertly warm you up on a chilly fall or winter night. No matter which rum is your favorite (and there are plenty of varieties), Food & Wine's guide give you tons of ideas for your next cocktail.

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Frozen Hula Hoop

A sweet-tart blend of pineapple, raspberry, and lemon adds fresh fruit flavor to this slushy frozen drink from Erick Castro spiked with white rum, Aperol, and dry red wine. With plenty of heat from the trio of alcohols, those fresh summer fruits keep the drink well balanced. Make your own raspberry syrup by infusing simple syrup with fresh berries, or purchase a bottle at the liquor store or online.

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Watermelon Daiquiri

Preparing fresh watermelon juice gives this blend-and-sip cocktail from Ten to One distillery CEO/founder Marc Farrell a burst of cool melon flavor, though fresh, high quality store-bought juice will work here, too. It’s a rum drink for margarita lovers, with a salted rim that balances tart lime juice with sweet agave syrup and just as easily makes 1 drink with leftover juice as it does 8 for a crowd.

White Rum and Aperol Spritz

Mildly spicy poblano liqueur and tangy passion fruit liqueur add delicious complexity to this white rum–spiked Aperol spritz from Ten to One distillery CEO/founder Marc Farrell. Boozy heat from white rum gives a pleasant bite to a bubbly summer staple. Choose your fizz: use sparkling water to let the spirits and liqueurs shine through, or use a splash of sparkling wine to tame the tart piquancy of the drink for a mellower sip.

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Rum Negroni

Ten to One distillery CEO/founder Marc Farrell's Rum Negroni takes the classic bitter drink in a refreshingly fruity direction. Teetering between sweet and bitter, Gran Classico Bitter’s 25 aromatics add warmth and depth to this citrusy drink, and a twist of fresh grapefruit peel perfumes each sip, highlighting the floral, clean finish of white rum.

Coconut Mojito

Homemade coconut-mint syrup lends cool, quenching freshness to this lime-kissed, delightfully effervescent mojito. Blanching and shocking the mint leaves before infusing them into the syrup preserves their bright color. Use leftover syrup for a whole batch of cocktails and mocktails, stir some into freshly squeeze lemonade, or drizzle it over sliced fresh fruit for a refreshing summer treat. Ten to One distillery CEO/founder Marc Farrell, who shared this recipe, likes to use it as a vehicle for Ten To One’s White Rum, a blend of Jamaican pot-still rum and Dominican column-still rum with zesty flavor, and notes of jasmine and honeysuckle.

Pear-Apricot Infused Rum

In just 24 hours, fresh pears and dried apricots add bright, sweet, flavor to dark rum in this autumnal cocktail from restaurateur and cookbook author Alexander Smalls. Choose very ripe pears for the best infusion; their developed sugars lend flavor, not just sweetness, to the rum.